Hey, welcome to Good Goings! A hopefully regular-ish series where I’ll celebrate some stuff that has happened or is yet to happen in the otaku sphere. The world can bring us down sometimes so it’s important to kick back, relax and remind ourselves of the things we’re happy about. It feels like it’s never been a better time to be a geek nowadays so pop on the kettle and let’s get cracking with what goodies have come up this month…
Last month marked Pokémon’s 25th anniversary and some tasty treats were announced for the Switch:
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl remakes were confirmed for late 2021. Gen. 4 is one of my favourites for going into batshit territory with space and time dimension ripping. Besides that, Sinnoh is a lovely region that takes inspiration from Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island. A new lick of paint is well deserved, though I’m still getting my head around those super-chibi sprites!
What? Pokémon is evolving! Coming early 2022, Pokémon Legends Arceus is going open-world and back in time in an original adventure set in feudal Sinnoh. There’s not much information about how this will exactly play out but I’m intrigued by the focus on the early mythology of the Pokémon world. Thinking of collecting them all? Have a deeper look at the Pokémon Presents video (from 10.50 for these specific releases).
Otome corner received a lot of lovin’ this month as well:
First up, news of…potential news? BROCCOLI is looking into a global release of their genderbend otome-ish idol simulator, JACKJEANNE (Switch). Note this isn’t a promise but, boy, would it be big. BROCCOLI is most known for their popular Uta no Prince-sama series but also for not localising their titles, so JACKJEANNE could be breaking the mold here! JACKJEANNE follows a heroine who cross-dresses to attend the prestigious Univers Opera School with gorgeous artwork courtesy of Sui Ishida, creator of Tokyo Ghoul. I’m personally hyped to see more companies catering to our thirsty international audience and these new directions in the otome genre. Check out the trailer here.
Aksys Games teased their upcoming Switch lineup last year (details in this GG) and has now provided official release dates. First up is Olympia Soiree coming Fall 2021, then Dairoku: Agents of Sakuratani in Winter 2021, and in a bit of a twist, Variable Barricade is releasing early 2022. Usually, Aksys’ annual otome offerings are released within one year but I can’t complain too much. At least, it’ll give my wallet a reprieve after the Christmas period…
Finished Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds and Edo Blossoms but itching for more Shinsengumi drama? Well, Bakumatsu Renka Shinsengumi has your back! Originally released on the PS2 back in ye olden 2004, this remaster slices onto the Switch and Steam on June 17, 2021. You play as the first female Shinsengumi member in the tumultuous sunset years of the Edo period. Tissues at the ready, this probably won’t end well.
Last but not least is the eagerly anticipated Step 3 DLC for Our Life: Beginnings and Always (Itch.io, Steam) arriving next month. This wholesome indie gem made waves last year (it won two awards in my 2020 awards) and continues to spoil covetous fans with regular updates. Step 3 adds more moments to coo over – but that’s not all! Future updates include a brand new time period to play and two more love interests.
Ever wanted a redo? Well, Furyu has theirs with The Caligula Effect 2 (PS4, Switch) releasing Fall 2021. This one focuses around the theme of ‘regret’ as the next virtuadoll on the block is entrapping people in another pseudo-reality. The first Caligula Effect was an ambitious project sporting an excellent premise, stylish soundtrack, and unique Vocaloid-inspired combat system. Unfortunately, the game was held back by wonky execution and poor quality of life features (though that didn’t stop me playing it twice!) Here’s hoping Furyu has learned from past mistakes to make this sequel the chart-topper the first Caligula should have been.
The everlasting march of DLC continues. An expansion pass for Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is available to pre-order and includes two waves of DLC coming June and November 2021. Get ready to save Hyrule again as there’s a whole bunch of content here: an expanded roster, challenges, story vignettes and more.
Hold it! Cancel your plans for April 10, 2021, fellow Ace Attorney fans! If you have the Objection! music perpetually running in your head, why not attend the official orchestral concert online? The program features hits from Ace Attorney and the Great Ace Attorney (perhaps in time for a localisation announcement?!). During the livestream, the audience will be able to vote for a selection of songs. Tickets cost £29.95/$42, so treat your ears and have a great night wherever you are.
It has been almost six years since the passing of the great Satoru Iwata, renowned for his work at HAL Laboratory and Nintendo. Working as Nintendo’s CEO for over a decade, Iwata was responsible for several successes like the DS and Wii but moreover he became the beloved face of Nintendo, introducing popular segments like his Iwata Asks developer interviews and the Nintendo Direct. Ask Iwata, a new book collecting this legend’s many pearls of wisdom arrives April 2021 and looks to be a wonderful gift for Nintendo fans and gaming enthusiasts alike.
There you go. A bunch of things that put a smile on my face and hopefully yours too. Let me know about your own Good Goings in the comments and have a great day!